Financial Literacy Month

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April 2014

CEE continues to raise awareness for the importance of financial literacy education for K-12 teachers and students by providing events, lectures, teacher workshops, resources, free lessons and webinars for educators, industry leaders, and people with a vested interest in raising the levels of financial literacy in the United States. Our nationwide efforts produced tangible results, including teachers trained in our professional development workshops, an increase in free resources offered, and press coverage of our new 2014 Survey of the States.


Industry Leaders Share Their Insights on the CEE Blog

CEE is pleased to announce that each day in April we are featuring a guest blog post from leaders in financial literacy education. Visit the CEE blog for perspectives from educators, journalists, Federal Reserve partners, nonprofit leaders, parents, students and classroom teachers.


Gen i Revolution Contest Search for the Sweet 16th

As a special Financial Literacy Month initiative, CEE is launching a Search for the Sweet 16th Contest, challenging students to create a brand new mission for Gen i Revolution.

If you haven’t already, sign up and register your class for free access to Gen i Revolution and encourage your students to play and explore the 15 missions to learn important personal finance concepts.While playing, brainstorm ideas for a new 16th Mission based on one of the following:

Earning Income
Buying Goods and Services
Saving
Using Credit
Financial Investing
Protecting and Insuring

Winners get prizes and the chance to have their mission actually developed and added to CEE’s free online personal finance game—Gen i Revolution!

Applications accepted starting April 1st.


Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill

Thursday, April 10
12:00pm – 3:30pm
Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill was introduced in 2003 by the Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement, and the Jump$tart Coalition, with the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka serving as the original honorary host. Over the years, “Hill Day” as it’s come to be known, has evolved from a small gathering to a public event that attracts hundreds of participants. The location of the event alternates, each year, between an office location on the House of Representatives side and the Senate side of “the Hill.”

U.S. Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) and Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) have served as honorary co-hosts on the House side since 2005. In 2013 Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) took over for Rep. Biggert following her departure from Congress. U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) have served as honorary co-hosts on the Senate side. The event features a free buffet lunch and the financial literacy exhibits from more than 60 non-profit, for-profit, and government entities. Hill Day is free and open to the public.


Council for Economic Education’s 2014 Survey of the States Reveals Slow to No Growth

A majority of the public school students in the United States still are not exposed to economics or personal finance education despite the lessons of the recent recession, a new survey shows.

Only 22 of the 50 states require high school students to take an economics course and only 16 states require testing of economics concepts, the survey found.  Two years ago when a similar survey was taken, the totals were the same.

While only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance course and only 6 require testing of personal finance concepts, there has been some growth since 2011 when the totals were 13 and 6.

The 2014 Survey of the States is available for download at: http://www.councilforeconed.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014-Survey-of-the-States.pdf.

Click here to access the interactive Survey of the States online.


Free Professional Development Workshops

If you are interested in free workshops at your local CEE affiliated Council or Center, search by state here.

Resources

See our featured classroom materials. Free Download